My 18th vehicle was the one my wife owned when I met her, that her parents bought new. We had to fix the tranny on the MDX, which required using a credit card. Around that time, my mother and father in law had decided to get rid of “BB” the brick. We re-adopted her and sold the MDX so we could be debt free. BB became my work truck for awhile, as we saved for a proper one. Now my buddy Eric drives it, and we get to see it at least once a week. #andyhadalotofcars#volvo240#volvo240wagon#wagon
A wild burgundy 245 Classic appears! This guy comes to me in dire shape. From my initial diagnosis I believe the oil was ran low, causing the cam to run dry. It's the furthest thing from the oil pump... When the cam locked up the timing belt kept going, sheering the cam bolt and roll pin. Needless to say this stopped the old girl in her tracks! The previous owner contacted me to see if I wanted anything off it before he sent it to the crusher. $100 later she's sitting in my garage waiting to get torn down and brought back to life!
My battery died. I can’t go anywhere but at least I’m in my spot. #volvo#volvo240#1992 this battery needed to be replaced when I got the car and I didn’t replace it. Also I gave 5 jumps to others who had battery issues-a Saturn, a Subaru, a Honda Odyssey, a whatever theneighbors’ car is and also another Volvo. Props to the Volvo battery for lasting so long but DID YOU REALLY HAVE TO DIE BEFORE @kingtuffy ‘s show? When I haven’t been to a show in 3 years?????????? I’m in a slump. #slump#goretex#snow#transcendentalmeditation#tm#lonely#alone the heat in my house is working again. Yesterday I wanted to drive away from the freezing apartment but alas could not. 48 degrees is too cold for indoors. To anyone. Just a not so nice couple of days.
On cars 1/2
Old cars vs new cars:
Geraldine and I are in our fourth year of traveling together. This weekend she had a breakdown in Sisters, OR (she's fine now, and sporting a new distributor cap and rotor for the interested among you) and the situation reminded me of something I've been thinking about a lot. I drive this very old car, which burns fossil fuels and gets mileage per gallon in the mid twenties, but I'm sometimes tempted to feel guilty for not having a more fuel-efficient one.
So I did a little googling and found an article in Scientific American that speaks to this very issue. (https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/when-used-cars-are-more-ecofriendly/) The author comes to the conclusion that it's always better to drive an older car than to buy a brand new one, despite the fuel efficiency difference. Here's a couple of the points that particularly resonated for me, and my thoughts on them:
1. The manufacturing and distribution of new vehicles takes massive amounts of energy (creating as much as 12-28% of the average total carbon emissions of the entire life of the vehicle, according to the author's sources. Therefore, buying a used vehicle that's already in your area (or continuing to drive the one you already have) means that you're making much better use of the energy that's been consumed to get the vehicle to you. This high percentage of energy consumption in the beginning of the life of a car is enough to offset the consumption of an older car versus a newer, more efficient one according to the author.
2. Old cars pile up in junkyards, as does everything else we make these days, it seems. A few of the parts of old cars can be reused to fix others if they end up in the right place, but the majority of that material is totally wasted. Until we can find a way to create a full reuse cycle for the transportation devices we use, it makes no sense to me to use new products instead of those already in existence.
So basically, I'm not going to part with Geraldine anytime soon. This being said, I think it's important to keep being mindful about how much driving I'm doing, and try to minimize trips and carpool as much as possible.